Music at the Museum - Jake Kershaw wsg The Whiskey Charmers
ake Kershaw is the 17 year old guitar slinging, blues/rock singing teenager out of Southern Michigan everyone is talking about.
When not on stage or preparing for a show, Jake is a junior at Marshall High School. Jake holds down a 4.0 GPA which includes honors classes and was inducted into the National Honor Society this past spring. He also performs with the high school marching band and the symphonic band playing the euphonium (which he has played for the past 6 years). Jake performs for many charitable events to help those less fortunate with health issues or just down on their luck.
Jake immediately bonded with the electric guitar and was rarely witnessed without it in his hands. Something ignited a fire deep within his soul. He could be found either in his room working out new sounds through his amp or unplugged on the couch just picking away watching TV. This continues to this day. There is never a day that Jake is not working out some tune.
Jake was introduced to his first Stevie Ray Vaughan CD in the summer of 2013. This was a real turning point for Jake. He quickly found that the blues didnt require him to play every song note for note. He could put his own touch on every song expressing his own feelings. And even then, he wasnt required to play each song the same every time. He found this new freedom opened up a plethora of musicians, sounds and feelings he could convey via the guitar.
In September of 2015 Jake found himself on an even bigger stage but this time with an International star named Jonny Lang. During a meet and greet with Jonny before a concert, Jake was surprised with an invitation to perform on stage that night from Jonny himself. This was another barn burner as Jake was still 14 at the time. This event, due to Jonnys genuine kindness, has continued to be a huge inspiration for Jake.
Jake has since performed with several National touring acts such as Anthony Gomes, Albert Cummings, Larry McCray, and Walter Trout. He has also had the honor of opening for Marcus King, Tab Benoit and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers. Jake continues to book repeat work with Larry as he is a Michigan native. Jake continues to network with these acts and has built friendships with them all.
Early spring of 2017 Jake was honored with his first endorsement, a Young Artist endorsement with Heritage Guitars in Kalamazoo Michigan, which is the very factory where all of the infamous Gibson Guitars came from in the 50s and 60s. Jake worked side by side with the Heritage Luthiers to build his first custom Heritage guitar which he received this past summer in July. Jake also released his first CD titled Piece of My Mind in Grand Rapids at the WLAV Summertime Blues on the Mall. Over 3000 people came for his performance.
Jake Kershaw performs as a power trio and leaves the audiences asking for more. This is a high energy group that plays their own original blues rock as well as their versions of classic blues with a rock edge.
The Whiskey Charmers -
The Whiskey Charmers is a Detroit-based Alt Country band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Fans have often compared their sound to riding through the desert with the top down, or the feeling of being in some lonesome smoky bar off the side of an abandoned highway, or music from a Spaghetti Western. William P Davis (Former Deputy Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville) says of the band, Ive heard a lot of good musicians. The Whiskey Charmers remind me of no one and, to me, that is one of the best compliments an act can receive.
The Whiskey Charmers have released two albums, a self titled album (2015) and "The Valley" (2017) which has just received a Detroit Music Award for Best Country Recording.
The Whiskey Charmers will be getting back into the studio this summer to record their third record, set to release in Spring/Summer 2019.
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